Cooper Praises London Stadium Support After Australia Break English Hearts

England forward Michael Cooper has praised the support of the England fans at London Stadium as his side succumbed to Australia’s strength in the final group-stage fixture in this autumn’s Four Nations.

Having enjoyed a three-season stint in the NRL, Cooper made his Wolves return and hopes to use London Stadium as a fortress for Rugby League in London, and grow the sport in the region.

“It was a great turnout and it’s always great to play in London, we’re proud to play in our capital, and it’d be nice to play here more often,” he said.

“We play in these first class facilities, we were here last year, this year and hopefully we’ll get the chance to play here again.

“We enjoy playing here, the pitch is good, the support is excellent and the facilities are world class.

“There was great support, and it’d be great to pinch a few Rugby Union supporters and convert them to league.”

England were ultimately outclassed by their rivals in a second half blitz which saw Australia seal a 36-18 win at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Cooper insisted that while the Kangaroos flexed their muscles, they should also look inwardly to improve their performances, with the 2021 World Cup already on the horizon.

“You give them bit of credit but we beat ourselves. We let the into the game when we were pretty comfortable at one point, and it cost us,” he said.

“We’ve already spoken about the improvements we’re going to have to make, individually we’ll go back to our clubs now, whether that’s in Australia or here in the Super league.

“Then we’ll come together again in January we have a mid-season test and we’ll take it from there.”